Nacho Joe

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Kilkenny

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NachoJoe rates Kilkenny 7/10

NachoJoe rates Kilkenny 7/10

A couple of friends of mine always go to Kilkenny Irish Pub at 3630 Brentwood Road NW so I thought why not do a Nacho Review? People tell me the Irish Potato Nachos are great but I am a purist so I went with the traditional stuff. Chips and Cheese! How did they do? Find out right now!

Nachos.

This is where it all starts! These chips were on the thin side and tasted pretty generic. They weren’t bad but they also weren’t chips you’d die for either. Sometimes you would get one that was a little oily and tasted like cardboard or paper (quality paper though not your regular printing kind…) but overall they almost always tasted like tortilla’s.

 

Toppings

These Nachos had Tomatoes, Onions, Jalapeno’s and a Three Cheese Blend which tasted like Mozzarella, Cheddar, and maybe Monteray Jack and Sour Cream and Salsa. No olives. I’m biased because growing up Italian olives are like gold and when Nacho’s don’t have any olives Nacho Joe get’s sad. Whilst eating Nachos I noticed that these were Darwinist Nachos. The Cheese used the process of natural selection to determine which lucky Nachos were fortunate enough to receive a coat of cheese to keep them warm and which Nachos did not. There were a lot of unfortunate Nachos and a couple of survivors. Somehow a glop of Cheese landed on 2 very lucky Nachos and didn’t get around to the others. I felt bad for the cold, sad, and naked Nachos. However in all seriousness when these Nachos did have cheese on them they were delicious. Also despite the chips being thin, and the tomatoes being very juicy and fresh the Nachos didn’t fall under the pressure. They managed to not get soggy. I was quite pleased with this sturdy chip achievement. Kilkenny gets an automatic plus 1 point for this.

This is the Platter Version... A lot of Nachos here.

There are a couple of Nachos that have cheese on them but I would have liked to see a bit more... but the toppings look delicious! Very fresh!

$Price$

Now, now, now. This is where a lot of Nachos fall short. If you charge over $15 for Nachos then they need tons of cheese. If you charge over $20 they must be made of the purist of golds. These Nachos cost a tender $14.99 for the small version and for the platter they cost $21.99. I have had a lot of Nachos. Trust me. I feel like this price is a bit inflated. The smaller version feeds up to 4 people for an appetizer but if you have more than 4 hungry Nacho lovers get the platter. They do taste good and I noticed the platter version did seem to have a lot more cheese and the toppings were spread out better. I did try the platter on a different day so maybe a rookie was working the kitchen the day I had the small plate… remember my Nacho Joe followers, Nachos are always inconsistant, unless you go to Moxies where I watch the chefs measure the cheese and toppings. Those are the only Nachos you can depend on as far as I know…

Presentation

These Nachos look nice. In fact they are my favorite Nacho look yet. This picture is on my phone as my background as you read (Actually depending on when you read it might have changed as time does go by and I like to change my Nacho phone background…) I will let you be the judge though!

These are the Nachos being reviewed, they look nice but they aren't layered and all the Jalapeno's are in the middle. But they look great!

Summary

If you get the Nachos that have cheese and toppings on them then these are delicious! The Jalapeno’s are a bit spicy so SNJW! (Spicy Nacho Joe Warning) But after throwing around numbers amongst my Nacho Sidekicks we decided that these Nachos are a strong 7/10. We go very often and they are always a bit different, sometimes they are a 9, others they are a 5. So be careful! If you get them on a 9 day then you are lucky and really enjoy them! That’s all for now! Thanks Nacho Followers. Your loyalty is humbling!

http://www.calgarysbestpubs.com/Kilkenny/index.htm

Check back soon for another review! I have a feeling it’s gonna be good, I am just pondering on the review for a bit longer.

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Much Cheesy Love to you all,

Nacho Joe 😛

Nacho Joe is Studying!

Hi Nacho Fans!

I will have more reviews up soon including Kilkenny, and Baby Tooth Bambinos! But for now I need to write a couple essays and keep up with school work! Thanks for your patience, don’t worry I’m still eating Nachos, but now they are comfort food for my studies.

More reviews soon, if you have any ideas of where I go next comment on this post or send me an email at nacho.joe@hotmail.com

Nacho Joe 😛

Julio’s Barrio

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NachoJoe rates Julio’s Barrio 8/10

NachoJoe rates Julio’s Barrio 8/10

Here we go again! I set out to have Nachos with some good friends of mine at Julio’s Barrio on 101 10 Street NW. We laughed, we cried and we had some Nachos. Did the Nacho’s keep the laughing going? Or did we start to cry because of them? Read the review to find out!

Nachos.

The chips were crispy and had a flavour. But I have to admit I was kind of sad becasue they were only one color. However they were tasty so they get points! I would have liked to see some tri color action going on. Or another color. It’s always nice when Nachos are colorful!

Toppings

The Nachos had various toppings. Tomatoes, Onions, Olives (And those of you who have followed the blog know that I love olives), Jalapenos, and Cheese. The cheese was good and tasty and the toppings tasted fresh. The dips that came with the Nachos were Salsa and Sour Cream. There are also 3 big scoops of house made Guacamole that sit atop the Nacho platter. Also you can choose from various salsa’s at Julios. They range from Mild to Nuclear. If you have the Nuclear salsa make sure you have a generous scoop of sour cream to get your taste buds happy again. This was nice that everything is included and gives them a very authentic messy feel like the one’s I have had in Mexico.

However one must always be careful with Messy Nachos. Because Messy doesn’t always mean delicious. In Julio’s case, they pass, but be weary Nacho lovers. Some places will use the messy tactic to replace the sufficient and acceptable amount of cheese.

$Price$

The Nachos are a generous portion and they say 2-4 amigos can enjoy them! They cost $14.00 and they come with Guacamole. Most places charge extra but they didn’t! Nacho Joe is happy. Hopwever there could have been more cheese on these Nachos. We did find a few very sad Nachos.

Presentation

I thought these nachos looked very impressive and combined the messy and clean look together to make something beautiful. Check it out!

I like the Guacamole scoops, looks like Ice Cream!

Summary

Well here it is. I have to say these were one of the hardest reviews I had to do. It was a good thing I had lots of helpers. Thanks Friends! In the end though Nacho Joe came with the conclusion of an 8/10. They were good, but they could have used more cheese and possibly flavor too. I have had tastier Nachos. However the biggest positive is that all dips are included! The messy factor is tricky to rate as well! I will have to go back a couple of times so I recommend you go out to Julio’s Barrio and try them yourselves. Send me an Email of what you think. It’s a tough one!

www.juliosbarrio.com

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Until next time Nacho fans!

Nacho Joe 😛

Nacho Joe needs Nachos!

CALLING OUT NACHO EATERY’S!

Nacho Joe needs Nachos! If any of you have any grand ideas of where I should go for my next review comment on this post! Also I’ve received a lot of questions about where to find me on Facebook and Twitter!

My Twitter is @nachojoereviews

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Thanks Nacho Lovers!

Nacho Joe 😛

Avocado Restaurant and Lounge

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NachoJoe rates Avocado Restaurant and Lounge 7/10

NachoJoe rates Avocado Restaurant and Lounge 7/10

Tonight my sidekick Brosa and I went to Avocado Restaurant and Lounge at 118, 318 Aspen Glen Landing SW. The menu said that “Ignacio’s Nachos” are the best in town. Did they impress Brosa and I? Read to find out!

Nachos.

Well it all comes down to this. If the chips aren’t good then it’s really hard to like the Nachos. Thankfully I did enjoy the chips. Once again I couldn’t tell if they were house made but they were flat and crispy, so maybe. They were of the red, green, and white variety.

Toppings

These Nachos had a lot of toppings! All the toppings were really delicious. They had red beans, black beans, tomatoes, red onions, and tomatoes. They were great for toppings. However, if you look at the picture you are tricked into thinking there is a lot of cheese on these Nachos.

Looks like a lot of cheese right?

But after you eat the first layer there is no cheese on the second layer. You are left with a lot of dry Nachos. Also unfortunatly these were some Cold Nachos too! The cheese wasn’t melted enough. The second layer had little bits of white cheese on them and they weren’t melted. Don’t believe me? Here is the evidence!

See? The white cheese isn't melted! And there isn't even much. I was sad... Sad Nachos...

Anyway I will stop ranting about how sad I was. When these Nachos had cheese though they were really delicious. So I guess that redeems them a little bit…

$Price$

The good part about these Nachos is if you get them on a Monday they are only $13.50 however if you go any other day then they are $17.75. To me, unless they have more cheese then the price is a little steep. If you get these Nachos, my advice is to go on Monday night.

Presentation
These Nachos looked really good. The top was covered in cheese and it looked like a giant pizza. Also the dips came in big tortilla cups. I have to give good points on presentation. Nice work Avocado!

They looked really good! It reminded me of Pizza! Go get some good Nacho Pizza!

Summary

Well as you can probably tell by the review, these aren’t 10/10 Nachos. The toppings were all so fresh and delicious but there wasn’t enough cheese. Also for the regular price of $17.75 they just aren’t quite worth it. They tasted really good but all the dry and cold Nachos brought down the mark. If these Nachos were layered high with the same amount of toppings and extra cheese then they would have stood a chance. I’m going to have to give Avocado’s “Ignacio’s Nachos” a 7/10.

Nacho lovers! Go out and eat Nachos, think some places deserved a better or worse score! Try them yoursleves and email me what your verdict is! I may even feature your review as a Nacho Joe apprentice!

Email your reviews to nacho.joe@hotmail.com along with what you want your name to be! I will go to the place, and then post my review and maybe yours!

Until the next review!

Nacho Joe 😛

http://www.avocadosgrill.com

Melrose Cafe and Bar

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NachoJoe rates Melrose Cafe and Bar 9/10

NachoJoe rates Melrose Cafe and Bar 9/10

Well fellow Nacho lovers here we go. Nacho Joe is back in action! A while ago I went to Melrose Cafe and Bar 730 17 Avenue Southwest to check out some Nachos. My regular sidekick Pastayoyo and I entered the venue. We sat at the bar and ordered the Nachos. That is where our story begins…

Nachos.

These were decent Nachos! They had a nice crisp to them and they were of the Black, Red and Yellow chip variety. The  Assistant Marketing Manager for Melrose Cafe and Bar got in touch with em and said the Nachos were homemade. This is a good thing. If restaraunts or bars are selling nachos they should be homemade. Melrose got it right!  Even the Nachos that were covered in toppings at the bottom stayed crunchy. Nice work Melrose, you are off to a good start!

Toppings

Yum. These Nachos had Jalapenos, tomatoes, green onions and cheese. However no olives… you know me by now. I like my olives! But it’s okay. They are forgiven because the cheese was amazing. It tasted really good and it took my mind away from the lack of olives. There were lots of toppings on these Nachos, you don’t believe me? You be the judge!

You got to love the gooey cheese... YUM!

$Price$
The Nachos cost $14.35 if you want guacamole then they cost $16.35. I recommend paying the extra two dollars because the guacamole is amazing.

Presentation

Look how delicious they look! But I didn't get the guacamole in the picture...

Summary

As delicious as these Nachos were, they don’t get a perfect score. Why you ask? Well it’s all about consistency on nachojoe.com. I went to Melrose again and the Nachos were kind of soggy and there just wasn’t enough cheese. But the Nachos featured here in the pictures were very close to being perfect. I’m giving Melrose Nachos 9/10. Maybe I will do a follow up review, maybe I won’t. I don’t know! But remember fellow Nacho lovers, not every restaurant respects the art of Nachos like we do. So if they aren’t up to par, try again. You might be surprised!

Until next time!

Nacho Joe 😛

http://www.melrosecalgary.com/

Nacho Joe is a Student

Hello Nacho Lovers!

I know what you’re saying. “Where is Nacho Joe at?” I haven’t posted any reviews lately. It makes me sad, and I’m sure it make you sad. But I’m here to tell you that Nacho Joe is a student. Lots of papers are due and I am furiously writing them. I will be posting more reviews in December though! Stay tuned. Reviews for Melrose, Salt and Pepper, and Julio’s Barrio are on the way!

For now we must all hope that I get my papers done!

Thanks Nacho Lovers, hope you are all eating lots of Nachos!

Nacho Joe 😛

The Den

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NachoJoe rates The Den (U of C) 7/10

NachoJoe rates The Den (U of C) 7/10

A big group of sidekicks and I went for Nachos once again. This time we chose to go to The Den located in the MacEwan Centre at the University of Calgary. The Den is a great place to hang out, but is it a great place to eat Nachos? Check out the review to find out!

Nachos.

These were great Nachos. They weren’t soggy and they held there toppings well. None of them seemed to be burned and there were plenty of them. They were delicious!

Toppings

Well this was definitely a strong point for these Nachos. They had your basic toppings but there were lots of them!  The Nachos also had olives on them! That was a high point for me. I go to The Den quite a bit and these Nachos have always been delicious. I think thats because of the cheese they put on them. I’m not sure what kind it is but its very rich and it tastes really good. There isn’t cheese on every single Nacho so that was a downfall in my books. When I make Nachos at home I put cheese on every single one! If I can do it then professional chefs at restaurants can do it too! To focus on the positives though, these Nachos do taste really good.

$Price$

At the price of $13.75 it really isn’t bad at all! Although I have to say I have been to The Den for Nachos a few times and they do have a problem with consistency! Sometimes you will get really good Nachos with tons of cheese, and other times they will be dry nachos. So not a bad price, but keep it consistent!

Presentation

These Nachos look very nice. I especially like the checkered wax paper, take a look!

Yum!

However right off the bat I see Nachos with no toppings on them... sad Nachos...

They looked pretty good so they get a fair score in this category…

Summary

Well overall I enjoyed these Nachos while I was eating them. The downfall was that at the end of the Nacho fiesta our hands were very greasy. The bottom of the wax paper was also very greasy. When you eat these Nachos you have to be very hungry because they are very heavy. There was enough toppings and just enough cheese to make these Nachos worth it though! But then again there is that consistency problem. I am going to have to give the Den a 7/10. Sometimes though they might be a 10, or maybe a 5… so make sure to judge these Nachos carefully!

Keep eating Nachos!

Nacho Joe 😛

Buchanans

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NachoJoe rates Buchannans 6/10

NachoJoe rates Buchannans 6/10

Nacho lovers we have another review among us. Today Pastayoyo, Brosa, Mama R, and I went to check out Buchanans Chophouse Whisky Bar at 38 3rd Avenue SW. Right when you walk in they have a sign that says No Restaurant Crtics. Good thing I review Nachos! Buchanans is famous for their burgers in Calgary but are they famous for their Nachos?

Nachos.

The Nachos were of the tri-colored variety. Red, Yellow, and Black tortilla chips. They were really crunchy and they tasted good. So right off the bat these Nachos had a good base.

Toppings

Hmm… the reason I say this is because these nachos were very simplistic. They had red peppers, red onions, cheese, and that’s all. I’m okay with simple Nachos but I want lots of toppings. There really wasn’t much peppers or onions. There could have been more cheese too. An unfortunate problem with these Nachos was a term I like to call “Cold Nachos.” Cold Nachos is when the cheese isn’t quite melted. This was very unfortunate. The Nachos were tasty but there was just so much that was wrong. Cold Nachos and again, we have another case of Sad Nachos. (“Sad Nachos” is another term meaning not enough cheese on Nachos)

Sad Nachos :'-(

$Price$

At $15.00 a plate of Nachos the price looks okay. I think there needs to be more toppings and cheese in order to fully get your money’s worth. However they did taste good which was a plus.

Presentation

They looked okay. I would have liked a bit more spectacle to the Nachos, but they had wax paper so they did look nice. The three dips really added to the presentation. There was a mustard like cilantro dip (which was very good) and homemade salsa and sour cream. I would just like to point out that Buchanans has the best Salsa I have ever tried so far in my Nacho journey. Here are the Nachos in their glory!

The Nachos

The Nachos, and the Dips!

Summary

So sadly once again “Houston we have a problem.” These Nachos did not live up to their price. They were incredibly simple and they needed more cheese. The dips really saved these Nachos. I had to come up with another Nacho Term “Cold Nachos” because of these. These were tasty Nachos but they were also Cold and Sad. I have to say that if you are willing to sacrifice the traditional Tomato, Olive, green onions, and Jalapenos, then you should try these Nachos for the salsa. It was great Salsa. But alas, I am a Nacho critic not a salsa critic. Buchanans… you have great burgers, but you must work on your Nachos. These Nachos get a 6/10.

http://www.buchanans.ca/

Well thank you for reading another review! Please get out there and try some Nachos and tell me what you think. Did I get the rating right? You decide. Let me know by commenting here or send me an email at nacho.joe@hotmail.com. Also check out www.facebook.com/nachojoereviews and like Nacho Joe.

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Nacho Joe 😛